Last week, we gave you a brief look at what you should expect when you get called for an exam. This time, we’ll take a look at what you should look forward to when you’re scheduled for an interview and what happens after that.
Job interviews don’t always happen after an exam. In some companies, you may be interviewed first before you are invited for an exam. Most companies also usually schedule more than one interview session. Depending on the company and the position you are applying for you may have to undergo interviews with an HR staff, HR manager, department/ section manager or a panel of supervisors, managers and executives.
Before you go for an interview, make sure you’ve made the effort to calm yourself. For some people it is best to simply let the questions and answers flow without any form of preparation. Some individuals however may be more comfortable preparing one or two answers for common interview questions that might come up. Remember too to come in at least semi-formal attire. Some companies include the items personal appearance and hygiene in their interview rating sheets.
Some applicants may choose not to tell the entire truth if they think the truth will harm their chances of getting hired. It is always best though to be honest about the answers to significant questions such as those related to your experience and background. Remember that the company is looking for a good match and you will only be making things difficult for you if you are accepted for a position that is not really fit for you.
Topping the exams and interview does not immediately guarantee you a spot in a company. One of the most crucial steps in which many applicants fail in is the medical check-up. Again, the kinds of medical tests that you would have to undergo will depend on the company you are applying in Companies typically require urine, stool and blood tests. Some companies may also physically check for tumors or suspicious growths. Sadly, the only way to prepare for a medical exam is to keep yourself healthy which is a preparation step that should have begun while you were young. If you are seriously sick now, you may not be able to do anything about it anymore.
One test that many companies are beginning to require from their applicants is a drug test. Many different types of prohibited drugs can be detected through your urine or blood even months after you’ve taken them. You will be seriously hurting your chances of getting accepted if you take prohibited drugs.
Big companies spend for these medical exams so you don’t need to worry about the cost. If you are applying in a small company though, you may have to pay for your tests yourself. Urine and stool tests combined may only cost you a few hundred pesos. Add the drug test though which is more or less P300 and you might have to spend around P600 or more. This is just an estimate.
After checking your health, companies would like to check your background as well. Some common requirements that may be asked from you are barangay clearance, police clearance, letters of recommendation and NBI clearance. This is yet again another costly stage for applicants. The NBI clearance alone would cost over P100. The barangay and police clearances have their own fees.
Just like medical check-ups, the only way to prepare for this stage is to ensure that you’ve never done anything illegal in your life. A bad record can easily cost you your employment chances.
That’s about it. Now you know what to expect from paper screening to background checks even before you submit your application. Here’s hoping you’ll pass every stage with flying colors. Good luck and Godspeed.